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  • Monday, March 30, 2020 - 5:59am

    A lively roundtable discussion on ‘The use of video in agricultural extension,’ by thought leaders and influencers in Bangladesh, representing government authorities, agricultural extension, research and development organisations as well as media agencies, marked the recent launch of the Bangla website of Access Agriculture in Dhaka. Access Agriculture is a global service provider that supports South–South learning for farmers and rural businesses through quality videos in international and local languages.

    The high-profile event was jointly organised by Samakal (a...

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  • Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 10:15am

    It is with great pleasure that for International Mother Language Day, Access Agriculture announces that its world-leading multilingual agricultural video-accessing platform is now available in Bangla: https://www.accessagriculture.org/bgl

    The Bangla version can potentially benefit over 80 million Bangla-speaking farmers and rural businesses in South Asia. Bangla is considered to be the eighth most spoken language in the world.

    The Access Agriculture website contains more than 200 high quality agricultural training...

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  • Monday, December 9, 2019 - 5:05am

    As part of Access Agriculture’s strategy in support of agroecology and organic agriculture in Bangladesh and South Asia, two workshops have just been held with service providers in Dhaka and Rangpur.

    In the first, Community Radio Stations in Bangladesh have been learning new skills in using video soundtracks in their programmes and how to include videos at radio centres and clubs.  During a workshop in Dhaka, the broadcasters learned about the style of Access Agriculture “farmer to farmer” videos in the Bangla language, the importance of agroecology and the...

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  • Friday, October 11, 2019 - 8:12pm

    It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Mukumu Bob Muchina, aged 65, which occurred on Monday 7 October 2019.

    Bob was key to helping establish Access Agriculture in Africa as the new organisation had to build many new partnerships and relationships across the continent.  The peak of his achievement was the very successful Access Agriculture Week in 2015, when partners of Access Agriculture gathered to reflect on the lessons learned and the way forward. From that week, Access Agriculture has gone from strength to strength spreading farmer to farmer videos...

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  • Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 10:21am

    David Ojo the Research Director at the National Horticultural Research Institute (NIHORT) in Ibadan Nigeria is the proud winner of a Digisoft Smart Projector after completing the Global Survey on Access Agriculture video use.  The survey revealed how farmers and information providers are reaching out to their colleagues using “farmer to farmer” videos in local languages. Those who participated in the survey were entered into a prize draw and David Ojo was the winner.

    David has a strategy to reach out to fellow researchers and extension colleagues with the smart...

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  • Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 4:28pm

    Access Agriculture is pleased to announce the official opening of their new office in Cotonou, Benin on Wednesday, 7 March 2018. Located on the campus of the research organisation IITA, the new facility gives the opportunity to interact with visitors to the site and showcase how “farmer to farmer” videos can help transform livelihoods for smallholder farmers.

    Dr. Paul Van Mele, Chairman of Access Agriculture; Dr. Nelson Ojijo, Executive Secretary; and Dr. Dominique Hounkonnou, board member were all present at the ceremony. They were joined by our partners in Benin...

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  • Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 4:25pm

    Infoladies from iSocial will soon cycle throughout rural Bangladesh equipped with quality training videos hosted on the Access Agriculture video-sharing platform. The new partnership will add an exciting dimension of South-South rural learning to the diverse services already provided by these enterpreneurial women.

    On 15 October 2017 Access Agriculture and iSocial signed a Memorandum of Understanding in a ceremony held at the iSocial Office in...

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  • Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 4:22pm

    During the official ceremony on October 4, Paul Van Mele and Jonas Wanvoeke received the award on behalf of Access Agriculture from Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister and Belgian Minister of Development Cooperation and Digital Agenda.

    After presenting its innovative approach, products and services to a jury comprising 20 major actors main development players in Belgium, Access Agriculture was selected as the winner of ‘iStandOut’ category at the biannual Prize Digital for Development (D4D). Prize D4D rewards outstanding initiatives that use digitisation...

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  • Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 4:59am

    During an intensive video translation workshop in Bangladesh in May 2018, jointly organised by Access Agriculture and IRRI Bangladesh, 14 participants joined forces for five days to record Bangla voice overs and edit the audio of 50 existing videos hosted on the Access Agriculture video platform. The videos, featuring farmers from different countries, had all been selected by national agricultural experts as being relevant to their country.

    The video scripts had been translated in the four weeks leading up to the workshop by professional translators and finally verified by...

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  • Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 11:06am

    Access Agriculture has reached more than 68 million farmers through its videos and audio soundtracks.  An on-line survey, just finalised, involved participants from 115 countries.  Two thirds of users are watching the videos direct on the site with one third registering and downloading.   

    Most people using the site are sharing the videos either directly with farmers or with colleagues involved in extension. Users like Access Agriculture so much, that 900 of those who took the survey...

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